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Recently, a friend told me that she had been using gelatin as a dietary supplement. I was immediately intrigued. Occasionally I use gelatin when I make homemade marshmallows or for some other recipes, but I never thought it was a "healthy food" that I should add to my diet.
Gelatin comes from collagen, which is derived from animal by-products (vegans and vegetarians, you can skip this post!). It is extracted in various ways for commercial use and generally comes from pork, beef, or even fish. It's also easy to extract at home by making a bone broth over low heat (I usually put the roast chicken from the night before in my slow cooker with water for 8-10 hours on low heat).
Natural fruit gummies recipe + benefits of eating gelatin
In the old days on the farm, all animal parts were used as part of a healthy diet. That included those homemade bone broths. Our diets have changed since then, and we have lost the benefits of consuming the collagen used in gelatin. Collagen is the main protein found in our connective tissues, including bones, tendons, ligaments, skin, blood vessels, intestines, and even our corneas, and those are the places that benefit from consuming more.
As we age, our skin loses its tension and begins to sag. Our joints hurt and our bones can become brittle. Our hair and nails begin to show signs of aging. All of these things can be helped by adding collagen, in the form of gelatin, back to our diets. Most of those gelatin skin creams don't work, but eating or drinking it will (I will report on this point; I will try it for 30 days and take notes). You can make your own bone broth, or you can add certain types of jelly to smoothies, hot and cold drinks, cereals, and other foods like these natural fruit gummy snacks.
In any case, even if they don't sell you the benefits of gelatin, these fruit jelly beans are a fun homemade gift made with all-natural ingredients: honey, gelatin, lemon juice, and ginger. I usually shudder when my kids order gummy candy because they're usually loaded with sugar and food coloring. These are a sweet snack alternative with healthy benefits to boot. Plus, they're as easy as boiling water!
Some types of gelatin must be dissolved before consuming. For these gummy snacks, you must use the type that needs to be dissolved in hot liquid. This is usually the type you find on your grocery store shelf, or you can order grass-fed beef or pork jelly online.
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You don't have to use a mold, but I think it makes them a little cute. This recipe produces 12-24 cubes depending on the size and depth of the mold.
Whisk together the honey and lemon juice first, then sprinkle the jelly on top. This will ensure there are no dry spots on the bottom of the pan, which can (and will burn) rather than dissolve. You really don't need to let the gelatin soften for this recipe, as it should be with other recipes.
Cook over medium heat, but do not bring to a boil. Keep it on low heat, you just need it to be hot enough to dissolve the jelly. The liquid will become clear (and smell a little weird), and it will thicken. Then remove it from the heat and carefully pour it into the molds. Let it sit until it cools down completely. You can also speed up the process by putting the molds in the freezer. In about 10-15 minutes, they will be ready to go out and eat!
Lemon, ginger and fruit jelly beans
A totally natural fruit snack recipe made with 100% juice, honey, jelly and fresh ginger.
Preparation time 5 minutes
Cook time 10 minutes
Total time 15 minutes
- 6 tablespoons gelatin powder
- 2/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 6 tablespoons of honey
- 1-2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger
Whisk the lemon juice, honey and ginger in a non-reactive saucepan. Sprinkle the gelatin powder over the top. Beat well.
Place over medium heat. Whisk constantly while the mixture is simmering. Simmer for a few minutes until it begins to thicken and the gelatin dissolves. Once the gelatin dissolves, the mixture will also be clear.
Remove from heat and pour into 8-by-8-inch square skillet or caramel molds. Let cool completely before cutting into squares or removing from molds.
Alternatively, put it in the freezer for 10-15 minutes to speed up the cool down time.
Have you used gelatin as a supplement? What benefits have you seen?
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